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India,
Mumbai

Introduction

Messy, comical, unpredictable, dramatic, impossible, beautiful. It's the city where people lie in the gutters and dream of the stars. From slumdogs to millionaires, fashion to finance, Bollywood to beggars, it serves as a microcosm of the unwieldy, dichotomous country it exists in. Look past the dirty streets and the bright lights and you'll see a city that's warm and welcoming.

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Essentials

  1. The heat can be draining; keep bottled water at hand. Fresh coconut water from a roadside vendor is a refreshing substitute.
  2. June to September is monsoon season. Carry an umbrella and, ideally, wellies.
  3. Mumbai is unofficially divided into north and south and people cluster activities in one or the other. Plan ahead to avoid hours in sweaty traffic.
  4. If you're travelling by taxi, make sure the driver puts on the meter and ask to see the meter card at the end of your journey.
  5. When bargaining in markets, offer half the price quoted. If you settle on two-thirds, well done.

Two-hour tour

  • The Gateway of India, Apollo Bunder — Mumbai’s iconic monument.

  • Bhau Daji Lad Museum

    Byculla

    +91 22 2373 1234

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  • Ballard Estate & Fort — Beautiful Victorian architecture.

  • Kala Ghoda Art District — Includes the National Gallery of Modern Art.

  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus — Magnificent Gothic architecture.

    Dadabhai Naoroji Road, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort

Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    Grand Hotel

    17 Shri S R Marg, Ballard Estate

    +91 22 6658 0500

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  • Dependable chain

    Taj/Vivanta by Taj

    Eight properties throughout Mumbai.

    +91 22 6601 1825

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  • Premium

    Sofitel Mumbai BKC

    C-57 Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East

    +91 22 6117 5000

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    Le Pain Quotidien

    Apollo Bunder, Colaba

    +91 22 6615 0202

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  • Business breakfast

    Indigo Deli

    Apollo Bunder, Colaba

    +91 22 6655 1010

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

    Inox Building, Nariman Point

    +91 22 6615 1168

  • Working lunch with colleagues

    Britannia & Co

    16 Ballard Estate

    +91 22 2261 5264

  • Need-to-impress clients lunch

    The Table

    Apollo Bunder Marg, Colaba

    +91 22 2282 5000

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  • Lunch on your own

    Kala Ghoda Café

    Ropewalk Street, Kala Ghoda

    +91 22 2263 3866

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  • Afternoon tea/drink

    Cafe Zoe

    Mathuradas Mills, NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel

    +91 22 2490 2065

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  • Dinner on your own

    Woodside Inn

    Opposite Regal Cinema, Colaba

    +91 22 2202 5525

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  • Dinner with colleagues

    Goa Portuguesa

    SVP Nagar, 4 Bungalows Lokhandwala Road, Andheri West

    +91 22 2631 3222

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  • Private dinner

    Pali Village Café

    602 Ambedkar Road Pali Naka, Bandra West

    +91 22 2605 0401

  • Big dinner with partner/clients

    Hakkasan

    206 Krystal Waterfield Road, Bandra West

    +91 22 2644 4444

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  • Drink after dinner

    Aer bar

    Four Seasons Hotel Rooftop, 114 Dr E Moses Road, Worli

    +91 22 2481 8444

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  • Late drinks

    Tote on the Turf

    Mahalaxmi Racecourse

    +91 22 6157 7777

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  • Late bite

    Bade Miya Kebabs

    Behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Tulloch Road, Apollo Bunder, Colaba

    +91 22 848 038

  • On the tiles

    Blue Frog

    Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel

    +91 22 6158 6158

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Reading

  • Kitab Khana

    Somaiya Bhavan 45/47 Mahatma Gandhi Road Fort

    +91 22 6170 2276

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Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Antiques from Chor Bazzaar

    Mutton Street

  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    Marks & Spencer

    Outlets in Lower Parel, Malad and Ghatkopar

  • Something for the kids

    Landmark

    Infiniti Mall, Andheri West

    +91 20 6647 3400

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  • Something for someone you love

    Filter Shop

    Shop 3, 43 VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda

    +91 22 2288 7070

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  • Something for yourself

    Le Mill

    Savanna Court, 7F, Turner Road, Bandra West

    +91 22 2372 9996

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Transport

  • — Trains are fun but avoid rush hour. Don’t bother with buses, take a taxi.

Limousine/car

Fitness

  • Good gym

    Gold's Gym, Bandra

    Landmark Building, Pali Naka Bandra West

    +91 22 6699 2291

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  • Good running route

    Juhu Beach — Soft sand running; watch the sun rise or fall over the Arabian Sea.

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